NBA Playoffs 2012 - Prelude to Punches
Posted 07 June 2012 - 10:11 PM
Posted 07 June 2012 - 10:34 PM
Posted 07 June 2012 - 11:36 PM
Honestly though, whatever personality dynamics are at play, it's clear that there isn't room for 3 on the Heat. Neither LeBron nor Wade like being told to do by the other. Maybe something happened between them in the locker room and Wade sulked all night. Who knows?
Posted 08 June 2012 - 01:59 AM
Posted 08 June 2012 - 06:40 AM
That's the type of game I was saying before he needed to have to remove the stigma - it doesn't just have to be a last second shot to win it, but come out and control the game, make the 4th quarter just about irrelevant. And man did he do that.
Well, Saturday should be fun. Loved the message Doc put on the board - "Pack for a week."
Posted 08 June 2012 - 07:27 AM
The Celtic's were awful, I think they are done, they had everything on their side last night and just didn't play with any energy or emotion. That should have been game 7 for them as far as they were concerned; at home, up a game, Miami on the ropes, but instead they looked old, Pierce was atrocious, and Lebron had one of the biggest games of his career.
Posted 08 June 2012 - 10:19 AM
That makes sense then. He definitely hasn't been the explosive force I remember him being.
Sucks for Lebron who probably thought in Miami he would get all the help he didn't in Cleveland. Both Wade and Bosh are hobbled and remarkably unproductive at this point. Course some would call that karma.
Posted 08 June 2012 - 10:29 AM
But they also got really lucky with Rose's injury though.
I suspect Miami pulls out Game 7 but likely gets owned by OKC unless Bosh and Wade get well really quick.
Posted 09 June 2012 - 05:20 PM
I think this will happen as well. I've been baffled by how OKC have done what seemed impossible after two games, and just overwhelmed the Spurs. Precisely what I was hoping would happen, they have been awesome.
I think James and Wade together can finish Boston off tonight, but let's face it, I don't think we expected them to lose 3 games either so it's not as if they can't disappoint again. I'd like to see Miami win, Boston has a snowball's chance in hell against OKC ( I rate Spurs higher than Boston) and at least if Miami wins you have two teams well matched and the two best players in the world playing each other.
Posted 09 June 2012 - 08:35 PM
Posted 09 June 2012 - 10:21 PM
this evening i watched the dying minutes of game seven. the heat looked pretty solid vanquishing the celtics.
with a full five seconds left on the clock they showed rondo and garnett leaving. the game is not even over and they have left the court and were heading to the locker room. i say what a bunch of disrespectful bullshit. you lost, bastards. you were outplayed. have some fucking respect and stay until the final whistle. and then act like fucking men and show some sportsmanship and congratulate the team that has bettered you. what a pair of pricks. fuck you guys.
Posted 10 June 2012 - 06:46 AM
Anyway, I think this is the best NBA final we could have hoped for in terms of exciting play and rivalry, especially since the Bulls lost Rose and ceased being a viable competitor right away. James has been phenomenal and you want a player like that in the final, I do anyway.
Posted 10 June 2012 - 08:44 AM
I know a few people who are going to be reluctantly cheering Miami because they are still bitter over the injustice of the move to OKC.
Edited by Morpheus, 10 June 2012 - 08:44 AM.
Posted 10 June 2012 - 01:41 PM
Lebron is an all time great, the numbers he is putting up are top 5 player worthy. I hate Dwyane Wade, so it is difficult for me, but I will be pulling for Miami to take this, and I believe they will. The Thunder will struggle against Miami's defense and they are prone to long slumps (they are still a glorified jump shooting team).
Posted 10 June 2012 - 11:05 PM
But I really don't like Wade or Riley or the Heat in general, and I don't love the concept of the mercenary superstar team.
Posted 10 June 2012 - 11:12 PM
Posted 11 June 2012 - 06:49 AM
As far as the Finals...going to go with OKC. The way they came back against SA, the ridiculous amount of confidence they have to back up the ridiculous amount of talent they have. They work as a team more effectively than Miami does. I think it is about 60/40 OKC.
The only thing I hope is that we get the players making the games and not the refs - from either perspective.
Posted 11 June 2012 - 07:31 AM
Posted 11 June 2012 - 07:41 AM
Posted 11 June 2012 - 11:29 AM
That said, Miami winning makes for a more compelling, hyper-athletic finals. Durant vs. Lebron to finally settle this whole MVP thing. Lot of compelling matchups. Does Miami put Wade on Westbrook? Who covers Bosh - Ibaka? Should be fun.
Read somewhere that Michael Jordan was the worst thing that ever happened to Lebron. Not just that he's constantly getting compared against the greatest competitor of all time, but that he watched an aging Jordan dominate as a jump shooter and thinks he can do the same. Whereas he's 6'9" 280 lbs of granite who can jump out of the gym and is utterly unstoppable when he drives. He should be attacking the rim all night. Doubly so considering he's a below average jump shooter. Definitely not a natural motion for him. Every single team he plays breathes a sigh of relief when he settles for a fall away jumper or a three.
I think if they want to have any chance against the Thunder, that's what he's gonna have to do. It's going to be a question of "want to" and is he willing to get beat up by Ibaka and Perkins on the way to the hoop and keep coming back for more? I get that it's gonna be physically exhausting considering he's playing all 48 minutes anyway and to some extent he'll have to pick his spots. But until Bosh and Wade get back to playing like they're capable, and I doubt it happens this year considering their injuries, the entire load is going to be on his shoulders. How bad does Lebron want a title? We're going to find out.